In the LGBTQ community’s fight for acceptance and equality, African American members must face the daily challenges that come with identifying as LGBTQ, within society, as well as the black community. Recognizing this added complex, the African American LGBTQ citizens of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC have come together to form Shades of Pride/Triangle Black Pride.
The Triangle Black Pride (Facebook, Twitter) is a non-profit organization that seeks to both acknowledge and celebrate members of the African American LGBTQ community in the state of North Carolina. Established November 7th, 2009, the group later officially incorporated Shades of Pride on February 16th, 2010.
“An attempt was made by a previous group… [but] currently nothing exists to celebrate the diversity of the African American/black LGBTQ community,” Akil Campbell, Co-Chair of Shades of Pride, said. “Part of Shades of Pride/Triangle Black Pride’s goal is to create such opportunities.”
Shades of Pride/Triangle Black Pride also seeks to properly educate LGBTQ African-Americans on a variety of issues that affect the community.
“Part of our challenge is the effective dissemination of information throughout the African American LGBTQ community, as well as to our allies,” Campbell said.
“We have experienced success in this regard but there is still a lot more work to be done. As we provide these opportunities, we would also like to provide a venue for people to receive information to allow them to make better health decisions, maintain healthy relationships and plot steps for personal/professional growth.”
If you find yourself in the Raleigh, North Carolina area this week you definitely want to check out The Inaugural Triangle Black Pride 2010 event being held from July 29th-August 1st, 2010. The event aims to further push the organization’s ideals of educating and celebrating members of the African American LGBTQ community. A series of workshops, HIV/AIDS testing, celebrity appearances, a film festival and more will all take place during the weekend event!
For more information on the Inaugural event and/or Shades of Pride/Triangle Black Pride, please visit www.TriangleBlackPride.org or email info@TriangleBlackPride.org.
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About Chrishelle (Chrissy) Griffin:
WRITER. PASSIONATE. AGENT FOR CHANGE. Born in the city of Brotherly Love, Chrishelle grew up in Pontiac, Michigan, a small city with nothing more than a school district and gas stations. In 2007, Chrishelle moved to Atlanta to attend Spelman College. Life in the South has its perks, but Chrishelle will always be a Northern girl at heart. Writing is her passion. Chrishelle believes some of the best literature can be found in the simplest quotes so she is constantly writing down her own light bulb expressions inspired by life’s experiences. Chrishelle writes in hopes of something new, something real… a means to an end. When Chrishelle is not writing, she always makes time for cooking, shopping, love, and laughter.